17. Brian Taylor vs. Kentucky Colonels, Dec. 16, 1975
All-Star point guard Brian Taylor had a fairly non-descript night as the New York Nets battled their bitter rivals from Louisville, the Kentucky Colonels, at Nassau Coliseum on Dec. 16, 1975.
The Colonels were the defending ABA champions, but were off to a sluggish 13-10 start in the new campaign, while the Nets — dethroned as champs the previous year — were looking to get back on top and were off to a solid 14-6 beginning.
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Taylor had only 10 points as the Colonels led the Nets down the stretch.
Then things got interesting as Taylor poured in eight points in the game’s final 57 seconds and New York emerged with an unlikely 98-96 victory over Kentucky.
Taylor had been an All-Star the previous season and would be for a second time in 1975-76, but just didn’t seem to have it against the Colonels on this December evening.
He finished 7-for-13, including hitting both of his 3-point attempts in the game during that closing flurry, but was only 2-for-6 at the foul line and was shut out of the assist column — not ideal for your starting point guard.
Rookie center Kim Hughes played a big role, going for 14 points and 26 rebounds, and Julius Erving shook off a poor shooting night to lead the way with 28 points.
On the year, Taylor averaged 16.7 points, 3.8 assists, 3.0 rebounds and 2.3 steals in 32.1 minutes a game, missing two months with a hand injury before returning for the playoffs to help New York to its second title in three years. He shot .489/.421/.792, leading the ABA in 3-point shooting.